Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: Sir, recently I am associated with an organisation working on environment protection. I think that the loss of environment will really appear in the next 20–30 years, but not right now. I don’t feel worried about climate change. Is that okay?
Acharya Prashant: Read. The temperature of this city is already higher than what it should be; it wouldn’t be higher in the next 20–30 years, it is already higher today.
Q: People are already adapting to it.
AP: Are they? Read how many people are dying, and by how many years has the average life-expectancy already reduced? Already reduced. What do you mean by adapting to higher temperatures? The A.C. runs on 24 degrees, you turn it to 22 degrees, that is your adaptation? Will your lungs adapt to more sulphur dioxide? What are you talking of? Would your brain adapt to lead and arsenic?
Do you know how long does biological evolution take to adapt to something new? It takes millions of years. You won’t adapt so quickly, and you won’t survive a million years to adapt.
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